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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.



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Review: Cyrano

“A great nose may be an index of a great soul,” Edmund Rostand wrote in Cyrano de Bergerac. When considering the latest adaptation of this popular tale of love and tragedy, which pointedly lacks a notable physical element of the … Continue reading

Review: Peter and the Wolf

“Breathe everybody,” Isaac Mizrah urged the audience before beginning the day’s second performance of Peter and the Wolf.  The intimate in-house theater proved to be a fitting venue for this exuberantly festive production of Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 composition. Mizrahi’s invitation … Continue reading

Published: A Rare Chance to See One of the First Immersive Works of Theatre

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online María Irene Fornés’ Fefu and Her Friends is finally being revived after four-plus decades — Like many admirers of María Irene Fornés’ rarely performed masterpiece, director Lileana Blain-Cruz discovered Fefu and Her Friends in school. However, unlike many … Continue reading

Published: Why Bedlam’s The Crucible Will Surprise You

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online  The lauded theatre company puts its singular stamp on the Arthur Miller classic — Even before it begins, Bedlam’s take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is meant to jar. The sparse Connelly Theater … Continue reading

Interview: Sylvia Khoury and Tyne Rafaeli Make Global Trauma Personal in Power Strip

Originally published on Theatermania View this story online  Calling Sylvia Khoury busy is an understatement. The fourth-year medical student is also a playwright with two productions opening during the 2019-20 season. Both works tackle hard-hitting political topics, exploring them through … Continue reading

Review: (A)loft Modulation

Jazz is a famously unstructured form of music. Often improvised, and unpredictable, it doesn’t matter if there is no clear ending to the song: the mere experience of listening is thrilling enough. (A)loft Modulation, the new play by Jaymes Jorsling … Continue reading

Published: Owning Her Power: Reneé Rapp, Regina George, and Compassionate Strength

Originally published on View this story online No one can accuse Reneé Rapp of method acting. The emerging star of Broadway’s Mean Girls, who brings the scheming Queen Bee Regina George to life onstage, wore a huge smile when she … Continue reading

Published: I Lived Through the End of the World in a New York Basement

Originally published on Electric Literature View this story online One evening in late July, I huddled in a Manhattan basement, battling radioactive creatures and trying to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world. Afterward, my fellow survivors and I recapped the … Continue reading